Saundersfoot is one of Pembrokeshire's most popular beaches, stretching for half a mile northwards from the harbour to Coppet Hall point. The beach consists of fine sand with a few outcrops of rock and can get very busy, especially at high tide. Access to the shore is down a slipway. A (P&D) car park is located at the harbour overlooking the beach and another P&D car park a short distance away by the Regency Hall. Short term (free) parking can be found on Frances Lane, which runs along the northern perimeter of the village.
Saundersfoot has very good facilities including pubs, cafes, beach shops and take-aways. Fishing trips operate in summer. Toilets are located at the back of the harbour, and drinking water is available from taps along the southern harbour wall. Lifeguards patrol from late June until early September (10am - 6pm).
The harbour was originally built to export anthracite from local pits, and was served by a narrow (4' 0") gauge railway with two branches. One branch ran directly inland and its route can be followed (via Brookland Place, the Incline and Fan Road) most of the way to Saundersfoot's rural rail station - about 1¼ miles away. The second branch ran along The Strand and through a 70 yard tunnel to Coppet Hall, thence through further tunnels of 20 and 110 yards and along the foot of the cliffs to Wisemans Bridge. This route is now a foot / cycle path.
Dog restrictions apply on Saundersfoot beach from the harbour northwards for approximately 400 yards from 1st May to 30th September. The alleyway onto The Strand is the northern boundary. The beach looks out across Carmarthen Bay to Rhossili Down and Worm's Head on the Gower Peninsula.